A.J. McCarron will be 1st SEC QB Taken in 2014 NFL Draft
The kid just doesn't make mistakes. A.J. McCarron led the nation in pass efficiency this past season and in his career has thrown 49 TD passes with just 8 interceptions and this isn't a dink and dunk offense. His average of one pick every 83 attempts is on its way to being the best mark in SEC history. He's tough too; A.J. played the last 6 regular season games with 3 ribs that kept popping out of place. And if all that's not enough, he's a candidate for the prestigious Sullivan Award which goes to the nation's top amateur athlete based on character, leadership and sportsmanship. He’s a winner with all the mental and physical tools to succeed.
Auburn's Defense will be better in 2013
The Auburn Tigers have gone to the 4-2-5 formation that new defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson has employed for about 8 years now; first at Miss State and then South Carolina. Johnson told me the key to the 4-2-5 defense is who you get to play that "5" and for the Tigers it’s going to be Justin Garrett. It’s a hybrid LB / safety position and Johnson says that the entire flexibility and versatility will lie on how successfully Garrett plays that position. So if Auburn's defense is better this season we'll be talking about Justin Garrett a lot.
Don't see the SEC $2000 Stipend Proposal Passing
Not the way the NCAA is currently constituted. I think they only way this happens is if the BCS conferences form their own division or break away from the NCAA in football all together. It isn't going to happen because outside of the BCS schools the overwhelming, vast majority of schools simply won't be able to afford it. They are not going to vote for something that puts them further in debt and / or only widens the competitive advantage the BCS schools already have. Not going to happen in the current NCAA world.
My Top 10 SEC Running Backs for 2013
1. Todd Gurley - Georgia
2. T.J. Yeldon - Alabama
3. Jeremy Hill - LSU
4. Alex Collins - Arkansas
5. Tre Mason - Auburn
6. Kelvin Taylor - Florida
7. Ladarius Perkins - Miss State
8. Keith Marshall - Georgia
9. Jeff Scott - Ole Miss
10. Raymond Sanders - Kentucky
Georgia Lands Big Commitment for 2014
RB Sony Michel out of South Florida chose Georgia over hometown Miami and Notre Dame. 247 Sports Composite rankings #2 rated RB in the nation and #11 overall prospect in the Class of 2014. He has reportedly rushed for over 5000 yards in his career and scored 60 TD in a HS career that started in the 8th grade and was even cut short his sophomore season with an ACL. Michel says watching Gurley and Marshall both have big freshman seasons gave him the "itch" to play for Georgia. The Bulldogs are also targeting RB Nick Chubb out of Cedartown, GA HS who is the #8 ranked RB in the nation.
Expanding Kyle Field to over 100,000 seats
I don't know that an extra 20,000 fans makes Kyle Field any tougher a place to win because it’s already tough. It makes it a little louder but it's already loud. What makes it a tough place to play is the team the Aggies put on the field and if opposing players get sucked into thinking that 100 thousand fans are intimidating; then yeah that might mean something. But the great teams in the SEC are used to that. What this really means is that more Aggies fans can see the game in person and Texas A&M can make more money selling seats.
Kentucky Not the only SEC Team that Thinks Tatum will be a Star
Jayson Tatum is currently a HS freshman but Kentucky isn't even the first SEC school to offer him. He says he's already got offers from Florida and Missouri. He's a 6-5, 6-6 PG depending whose measurements you’re looking at. So he may be 6-8, 6-9 by the time he gets to college and he's come up as guy who brings the ball up the floor and runs the offense.